Three of the Most Common Automotive Problems and How to Resolve Them

When your car dashboard lights all of a sudden come on, surely you are like nearly every other person, you panic wondering what has gone wrong.  Here at Auto Clinic of Franklin we thought we would provide you with three of the most common automotive problems that occur and the ideal solution for each.


These three problems we will disclose here are problems related to a check engine light that comes up on your dashboard.  Remember, that routine maintenance of your vehicle will, more times than not, help to avoid these common problems from occurring.  Regular scheduled maintenance is a surefire way of being proactive and identifying potential problems before they turn into costly repairs.

  1. A Faulty Oxygen SensorThe primary function of an oxygen sensor is to analyze your vehicle’s exhaust and determine whether or not the appropriate mixture of gasoline and oxygen is being delivered to your vehicle. An oxygen sensor can be overexposed to heat or it can simply wear out over time.  If you have a faulty oxygen sensor then the mixture of gas and oxygen in your vehicle is more than likely off, which can result in serious damage and costly repairs if not addressed right away.

The ideal solution for your faulty oxygen sensor is replacement of the sensor.  If, however, you engage in preventative maintenance such as routine oil changes and fluid checks an overheated sensor can certainly be avoided.  Indicators that you have a faulty oxygen sensor include poor gas mileage and excessive, abnormal idling of your vehicle.

  1. A Bad Catalytic ConverterThe catalytic converter is a component that turns all the hazardous exhaust fumes like carbon monoxide into less harmful fumes.  Typically, a catalytic converter is supposed to last for the life of the vehicle, but in some cases they can go bad prematurely.

The solution requires a certified mechanic to identify the root source of the clog before replacing the catalytic converter.  The problem with the catalytic converter can stem from an altogether different problem within the fuel system, the exhaust system or the engine which is why the experience and expertise of a certified mechanic is needed.  If the catalytic converter is determined to be the primary problem, then replacing it is the only solution.  Indicators that you have a problem with your catalytic converter include a drop in gas mileage, no acceleration, or the engine stalls.

  1. Bad Ignition Coils or Spark Plugs That Need to be ReplacedThe spark plugs and ignition coil are part of your vehicle’s ignition system that delivers necessary electricity to ignite the air and fuel mix. Typically, spark plugs wear out over time, but if you have a damaged ignition coil then you are faced with a bigger problem and repair.  A problem with your ignition coils should be addressed right away in order to avoid additional ignition system problems from occurring.

The ideal solution for this problem is to replace both the spark plugs and the ignition coil.  Indicators that your vehicle is in need of new spark plugs and or ignition coils include difficulty starting the vehicle, abnormal idling and constant misfiring.

If you are experiencing any of these common automotive problems or are in need of brake pad replacements, a muffler replacement, tire changes or rotations, a routine oil change or any other type of automotive services then surely you have come to the right place with Auto Clinic of Franklin.  The dedicated team of automotive specialists here at Auto Clinic of Franklin is on hand to take care of your every automotive need.  Simply give a call out to our facility and schedule your service appointment today.  We look forward to serving you and send along wishes for a safe and happy holiday season from our family to yours!

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